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  1. How Much Paint?

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    You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. 

    To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2009
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  2. Caring for Leather

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    If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.

    Boots
    1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
    2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.

    Saddles
    1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
    2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
  3. A Better Stake

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    After pruning trees and shrubs in the yard, save the trimmed branches to support returning perennials, such as lilies. They'll be free and plentiful, not to mention more natural looking than metal or plastic spikes. Look for branches with lots of little twigs, and stake three to five of them around each plant. As the plant grows, its foliage will gradually wind around the network of twigs.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  4. By A Thread

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    Sometimes the perfect thread for a sewing project comes on a spool that's imperfectly sized for your sewing machine. The solution: Place the spool in a heavy mug, and position it on your work surface directly underneath the spool pin. Take hold of the thread end, and hook it over the spool pin before threading it into the machine as usual (the thread should form a 90-degree angle); the thread will unravel smoothly as you work.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. Garden-Shed Crate Cabinets

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    Create custom cabinetry in your garden shed with vintage wine crates from flea markets or online auctions. Stack them horizontally and vertically, using some as bases to vary heights. Once you've established a layout, connect crates with wood screws and collars near the corners. Use cup hooks to hang smaller items, such as trowels, funnels, and scissors. If your need for storage grows, you can easily reconfigure the system.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
  6. DIY Corkboard

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    A corkboard is handy for posting reminders, but it's often difficult to find a suitable spot for one on the wall. Instead, cut one to fit inside a door or a cabinet panel. Measure the dimensions of the space. With a straightedge and a box cutter, trim a piece of sheet cork (available in many hues at home-supply stores) to those dimensions. Affix cork to surface with nails.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
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